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Album Review: Georgette Jones – ‘A Slightly Used Woman’

I was intrigued when I heard that the only daughter of two of country music’s greatest singers, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, was finally embarking on a music career and releasing an album on traditional country specialist indie label Heart Of Texas. With her genetic heritage, Georgette Jones ought to be a spectacular vocalist herself. She does have an airy sweetness in her voice which is all her own, owing nothing to copying her parents’ styles, but it is one which at times tends to skate prettily over the surface of her material, and is not entirely suited to the hard country songs she has picked, many of which really need a bigger voice.

Georgette first appeared on record as a small child with a cameo on the chorus on the post-divorce ‘Daddy Come Home’, a track on his 1981 release Still The Same Ole Me. An early marriage distracted her from any thoughts of a music career. She had a development deal with RCA in the mid 2000s, which did not come to anything, and there seems to have been some involvement with Curb. She re-emerged last year on the opening track on her father’s recent duets album, Burn Your Playhouse Down, with a rather sweet song which she co-wrote with one-hit-wonder Mark McGuinn, apparently about their real-life father-daughter relationship. ‘You And Me And Time’ reappears here, together with a pleasant cover of George’s hit ‘The Race Is On’. But it is Tammy Wynette who casts by far the bigger shadow on their daughter’s record.

The title track is a cover of one of Tammy’s songs which sounds potentially autobiographical, about a woman who is wealthy but lonely and possibly abused; living “in a mansion fit for a queen”:

But inside there’s a slightly used woman
On her body there’s scars and there’s dents
She’s just waitin’ for someone to love her
And ignore all his deep fingerprints

Georgette herself wrote (along with Ernie Rowell), a deeply touching letter in song addressed to her mother:

Now I wish that I could tell you
All the things you said were true
I wanna thank you for your love
And the little things you used to do

I know God took you for a reason
And I’m sure heaven welcomed you
I still want to say I love you but I can’t
I hope you knew

The delicate, almost fragile vocal on these two songs make Georgette sound vulnerable in a way which make the emotion feel very real and at these moments she really convinces as an artist. Her voice isn’t quite strong enough to convey the unfettered heartbreak of much of the material.

Brandy Davidson’s ‘Second Time Around’, for instance, is a great classic style song addressed to a serial leaver, but the vocal, although not bad, doesn’t really do it justice. I think it needs a bit more anger or intensity in the delivery of the neatly barbed lyric:

The first time that you left me
You said it really got you down
So did hurtin’ me get easier
The second time around?

You said you’d broken your heart too
The day that you broke mine
But I’m wondering now how many times
You plan to use that line

A version of Tammy’s first #1, ‘I Don’t Wanna Play House’, works well, with Georgette sounding more forceful than usual, and it rings particularly true given that Tammy was probably singing about Georgette’s older half sisters. The takes on ‘I Still Believe In Fairy Tales’ (one of Tammy’s lesser singles) and the album cut ‘Send Me No Roses’ (later a hit for Tommy Overstreet) are less effective. The first two of these, together with the album’s closing track, the hymn ‘Precious Memories’, were produced for Curb.

Another nice sounding but vocally light cover of a good song is Tommy Cash’s ‘You Don’t Hear’, addressed to a spouse who doesn’t appreciate what he’s got at home. Georgette duets with Mark McGuinn on his song ‘Better A Painful Ending’, which previously appeared on his independent release One Man’s Crazy. The song itself is fine, a big ballad which is better than its performance here, and Georgette sounds really good on this one, but I’ve never been impressed by McGuinn’s voice, which spoils the overall effect of the track for me.

‘Leaving Yesterday’, which Georgette wrote with Jeff Ross, about having trouble breaking up with someone, does not sound as intense as its lyric implies, but has a definite charm about it.

I think it is only fair to say that this record would attract relatively little attention if not for the artist’s family connections, but I have found it enjoyable to listen to, and at times moving.

Grade: B-

Available digitally and on CD from CDBaby.

14 responses to “Album Review: Georgette Jones – ‘A Slightly Used Woman’

  1. Razor X April 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I’ve only heard her sing on the duet on George’s last album. She wasn’t bad, but not great, either. I could definitely hear some similarities to Tammy’s voice, but she’s not the gifted singer her mother was.

  2. Rhonda Meeks May 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I bought the cd and I enjoyed all of it and especially with her Dad you me and time I think if people would give her a chance she could go far I mean some of this country music you have today isnt fit for nothing,,,,

  3. Keith Dennis June 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    She will prove to be a really good country singer, if she keeps it country. She has impossible shoes to fill behind her mom and dad. Her current cd I find is hard to quit listening to.If gives me chills when I hear her mothers voice in hers.Too bad todays Nashville “country”probably won’t accept her. On the other hand people who like real country music will love her! I hope they get that chance.

  4. scott salvatori July 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    heard “i dont wanna play house” on XM sattelite radio. not bad, in fact, very good…enough to get me to buy the CD. but, she is the blood of country music royalty, george and tammy. if georgette released a rap album i’d probably buy it. hope georgette continues the country music….and the country music heritage. just cause corporate “so-called” country mainstream radio wont touch it, dont mean nothin…one of the greats leonna williams rarely got airplay, and she is right up there with tammy as far as great country female singers. tammy was the greatest in my book!

  5. Boomer Castleman August 8, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Listening to Georgette for the first time 8/7/10 on WSM I hear a good voice. But I played for Billy Sherill on many of Tammy’s records, and, like Hank Jr. did with his famous father, I feel Georgette must cut the proverbial umbilical cord, so to speak, from her mother’s material and do completely original material. If she doesn’t she will be inexorably linked to the past which, at her age, she will not be able to shake. Boomer Castleman

  6. Nurse Not So Good Body October 11, 2010 at 4:52 am

    She does not have the talent of either of her parents. She is riding their coat tails. If not for them she could not make it on her own as a singer. There is nothing truely remarkable about her singing and have found there is much more talent on the tv show American Idol. Her attempts to exude “sexy” in her portraits just does not fly. She is average looking at best. Listening to her interviews she attempts to portray a sweetness that is just not believable. She made for a much better nurse than she does a singer/songwriter.

    • drema November 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      I guess that is why we all have opinions. Myself I don’t feel that she is riding on their shirt tails at all. I feel like she is an extension of their talent and will blend that with her own style as well.

    • rusty August 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      I hope I never become so judgmental. Her fans love her and that’s all that matters. Just a quick question, is your last name Richie?

      • Mark September 23, 2011 at 11:48 pm

        Mark says:
        Nice one Rusty! I’ll bet it is a “Richey”. I am thankful to God that Tammy is still “living” through this talented lady. Tammy left us too soon. One thing for sure, Tammy’s fans loved her more than that sorry excuse of-a-greedy-husband. He’s answering for it now, thanks to God. And someday that underhanded greedy broad he married before Tammy’s body was cold, will too, ill-gotten money is cursed money!!!

  7. Monica Ziska November 12, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I love her singing, gives me chills, it seems to come so easy to her, You can hear bits of both her parents in her singing…. She is now my favorite new country music singer, as she sings the real original country music. I do think she would go a long way if given the chance and can get a few of her own songs out there… I wish her the best of luck and am hoping to hear a lot more from her in the future…

  8. LEMASSON January 10, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Hi
    I heard “A SLIGHTLY USED WOMAN” sung by Georgette’s mother (Tammy) very good rendition of it, and I’d like to have the lyrics of the song that Georgette sang (I’m French)

    Many thanks to the one who’ll reply to me

    Licette

  9. My Daughters Mother July 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    You and me and Time really hit home. I sent this to my daughter and she in turn sent it to her Daddy. I have always heard Time heals all wounds and I truly believe that. Just don’t let too much time lapse or it will be too late. Forgive!

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